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Did you know that there is a type of vacation known as Eco Tourism? There is also something called Green Travel too. In this brief discussion we’ll take you through some tips for finding the best green vacation options and destinations currently available, and also point out how to know if you are doing a bit of Eco Tourism too!
What is a Green Vacation?
There is an old saying used when people visit fragile or special places and it goes – "leave only footprints and take only photographs." That is actually the basic idea behind Eco tourism. Instead of heading to a place that has been “improved” or altered to accommodate tourism and travel, you will go somewhere to enjoy it for what it is.
In addition to this, however, you will also try to use only green travel practices too. This means that you will avoid staying in hotels that are wasteful of food and resources and move about in ways that are as earth-friendly, responsible, and as ecological as possible.
A good description of a green vacation would be joining in on a budget tour to a place where you meet locals or native tribes, enjoy the beautiful natural sights and wonders of the region, and where you eat only foods that were grown and prepared locally too.
In addition to this, you’d stay only at a hotel or accommodation where your towels and linens were NOT changed each day and where you would be asked to supply all your own toiletries. This accommodation provider might also use alternative energies, have a good recycling policy, and implement as many other earth-friendly activities as possible (such as solar hot water heating for guest rooms and any swimming pools).
Travel's Impact on the Planet
Are you starting to understand the benefits of green vacation options? Not only are they among the most affordably priced, but they also allow you to dramatically reduce the impact of your travel on the planet.
Consider that some of the most well-known green vacation options are to places like Alaska, the Amazon, and the Caribbean. Many of these spots are privately owned and maintained by people heavily dedicated to preserving the natural spaces and habitats that visitors have come to see.
For example, Compass Cay in the Bahamas may not sound like a place that would fall under the green vacation description, but it is actually a place that is privately owned and rigorously managed. The guests are allowed to interact with the wildlife, but there is no fishing or seashell harvesting allowed.
If you are planning an upcoming 'green getaway,' it is a good idea to consider how you will save money and the environment by choosing to enjoy one of the many Eco-friendly and green vacation options available. They can be found on almost any continent and are extremely easy to locate through a basic Internet search.
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